Pakistan minister urges lifting visa ban on Pakistanis

On his two-day visit to Kuwait, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah on Sunday and discussed with him issues of bilateral interest.

The two sides expressed their desire to bolster ties and cooperation, especially in the field of security. Both ministers agreed upon the importance of cooperation and exchanging experiences within the security domain.

Foreign Minister Qureshi indicated that his meeting with Kuwait’s Interior Minister covered a wide range of topics, including that of Pakistani expatriate community in Kuwait and the prospects of issuing new visas for Pakistani citizens.

The meeting was attended by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kuwait Ghulam Dastgir, his Kuwaiti counterpart Nasser Al-Mutairi, and Interior Ministry official Lieut-General Essam Al-Nahaam.

Pakistan’s foreign minister had earlier met his Kuwaiti counterpart Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah and discussed enhancing  cooperation in various domains, and other issues of mutual interest.

In a press conference held on the sidelines of his visit to Kuwait, Minister Qureshi said Pakistan has always encouraged the stability and security of the region, and praised the role of  Kuwait in supporting and promoting peace in the area. “We do not wish for war; this region has seen a lot of wars and tragedies,” said the Pakistani foreign minister.

He lauded the experience and wisdom of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and the role played by His Highness in encouraging reconciliation, promoting peace and driving stability in the region.

Elaborating on his discussions with the Kuwaiti ministers regarding the lifting of the ban on visas for Pakistani citizens, Foreign Minister Qureshi said that the two sides had agreed to overcome the difficulties surrounding the subject.